Refineries

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It took a while, but Idaho motorists are finally getting to save big at the pump. The average gallon of gas in the state costs $2.26, compared to $2.21 nationally.

Dave Carlson with AAA Idaho says prices have dropped especially in the last two months.

“Idaho is slow to react to other market factors," says Carlson. "Part of that makes sense because we’re isolated from any other competition. So it seems like we’re always slow – especially getting to the lower prices.”

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Regulators in the region are weighing the potential impacts of trains full of coal moving along the Columbia River and the shores of Puget Sound. Meanwhile, trains full of Oil are quietly on the rise.

The crude is being extracted from a deposit known as the Bakken shale formation – located in North Dakota and Montana mainly.  Some of that oil is now on its way to refineries in the Northwest.

Dale Jensen is the spill program manager for the Washington Department of Ecology. Oil trains are new concern for him.